The Ancient Law (1923)


Sun, Jan 8, 2023    
2:00 pm-4:00 pm


Rosendale Theater
408 Main St, Rosendale, New York, 12472

Event Type

The movie that The Jazz Singer was based on: a young man wants to be an actor in the big city, but his father the rabbi…. well, you know the story. Baruch Mayr, son of an orthodox rabbi from a poor shtetl in Galizia, decides to break with the family tradition and leave to become an actor. As a result, his father bans him from his family and Baruch leaves to join a small burlesque troupe. The troupe is awful, but it gives him the opportunity to be discovered. In Vienna, he quickly climbs the ladder of stardom, and becomes more and more assimilated. However, he longs for home, and must find a way to reconcile his religious heritage with his love of secular literature. The Ancient Law paints a complex portrait of the tension between tradition and modernity. Silent Film with live accompaniment by Marta Waterman.